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Lotteries May Gamble on Internet
Several states are considering selling lottery tickets on the
Internet, a change that could usher in a new era in how such tickets
Online lottery sales would be limited to
residents within the state. But Internet lottery sales are expected to
spread quickly to other states if the practice proves popular, advocates
of the idea say.
"Every state is looking at it," says Georgia
state Rep. Terry Barnard, a Republican whose bill authorizing Internet
sales passed the Georgia House of Representatives last month. The Senate
adjourned before taking action.
State officials hope the Internet will boost
lottery sales, which have been sluggish in some states because of
competition from casinos and Internet gambling.
"The bottom line is: It will make more money and
help school funding," says Illinois state Sen. John Cullerton, a
Democrat. The Illinois Senate approved online sales April 14 and sent
the bill to the House.
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